Dr. Laura L. Runge
LIT 6394: Literature of Place: Florida
Excerpt from Lure of the Local in course docs
Florida Reader, Introduction
Poems, "Florida," "Seascape," by Elizabeth Bishop; "Fabliau of Florida," "O, Florida, Venereal Soil," "Farewell to Florida," Wallace Stevens; Hopler "Of the Dead so much less is expected," and "Academic Discourse"
Discuss theories of place (Cresswell, Lippard)
Class Discussion Leader: Karen Langbehn, "Seascape" by Bishop
Comtemplative reading of poem(s)
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Notes and Discussion Questions:For your weekly post, please continue our visualization and writing on a Florida place. Expand the aphorism or poetic line into a full post of at least 300 words. Some of the questions to consider:
As you read the theories of place in Cresswell, consider how the ideas apply or do not apply to the place you have imagined or the places described by your classmates.
How would you describe theories of place that are descriptive? Social constructivist? Phenomenological? What are some of the concerns or problems associated with each?
In Lippard's introduction, she quickly reviews key terms in discussing place: Landscape, space, culture, nature, history, land. Provide a brief understanding of these terms in your own words.
Given these readings on place and the introduction to the Florida Reader, what issues seem most salient for discussing Florida as a place? What are you most interested in?
Read each of the poems carefully several times. Read each out loud. Annotate words or phrases you don't understand or raise questions for you. Identify what you think is the most important line (or set of lines) in the poem.
How does each poem construct Florida as a place? Is it an aesthetic object? Is it a cultural space? Is it something else?